Boat trip with Arraial VIP Turismo
Considered the Brazilian Caribbean, Arraial do Cabo brings together some of the most beautiful landscapes of the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, and of Brazil!
In this piece of paradise we can find: dunes, beaches, sandbanks, paradisiacal coasts and much more. Landscapes that join the simple way of the people and the city and make Arraial a unique place.
For its inhabitants it is known as a paradise of the Atlantic, and in just 2 and a half hours, or approximately 150 km, leaving Rio de Janeiro, the traveler can visit this city in the region of the lakes.
In addition to all its natural attractions, the city has a privileged location, it is 20 minutes (14 km) from Cabo Frio and 45 minutes (38 km) from Búzios.
And there’s even more …
Arraial is one of the best diving spots in Brazil. The marine life in the region is vast and the different diving schools make this city one of the “meccas” for the practice of this sport.
The main beaches in Arraial are: Brava, Grande, Pontal do Atalaia, Anjos, Forno and Prainha. Each with its uniqueness.
And how to get to this paradise?
By car: the journey to the Lakes Region begins after crossing the Rio Niterói Bridge, with access to BR 101 and then to Via Lagos (RJ-124), this is privatized and there is a toll charge (check prices at: rates ). It is worth remembering that on weekends the traffic to the Region is very heavy and major congestion is common.
By bus: the company that operates this route is 1001, check values and see information on the link .
By plane: the small Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) is an alternative that is not yet viable for those who want to arrive by plane to the Lagos Region. Commercial flights are very limited and still costly, not a good option for most tourists looking for the region. The only airline operating to Cabo Frio is Azul Linhas Aéreas .
But, when is the best time to visit Arraial do Cabo?
In the high season months, December to February, the weather is hot and the city and its beaches are always crowded. It is not a very pleasant time due to “overcrowding”. After that period, from March to May, the climate is still warm, the waters are still pleasant (although they are always cold throughout the year) and the beaches and main attractions are much more empty, which allows a period of tranquility to visit the city. region.
In the winter period there is still a pleasant climate, but with a lot of wind and very cold water (characteristic of the region, but in summer it is possible to circumvent this aspect).
But overall, the weather is always warm and pleasant. What should be taken into account is the number of tourists. If you don’t mind full beaches, visit in high summer, but if you enjoy something more “private” choose the “low” seasons (March to May or August to November).
And it was in this privileged scenario that SOUL Viajero entered into a partnership with the company Arraial VIP Turismo Náutico for a beautiful boat trip.
We will tell you about this tour, on a perfect and warm autumn morning, in Arraial do Cabo.
Our morning was on board the boat at Arraial VIP Turismo , which has the capacity to carry 24 passengers, an ideal number for those who want a more exclusive and reserved tour.
We were accompanied by 10 more people and 1 child, “more private” impossible!
We left the meeting point, Praia dos Anjos, around 8h10. But, before proceeding with the tour we paid the amount of 3 reais referring to the boarding fee to the Fishermen’s Association.
We were organized with a bracelet and taken to the boat with due attention. Our guide on this tour was João, who also owns the tour company and the boat.
We continue on to our first stop : PRAIA DO FAROL , which is on Cabo Frio Island.
The island of Cabo Frio is an area of National Defense Interest, under the administrative responsibility of the Brazilian Navy, and its access is controlled by the Instituto de Estudos do Mar Almirante Paulo Moreira (IEAPM), which contributes to its good state of environmental preservation.
Area: 6.8 km²
Maximum altitude: 390m
Geological formation: predominance of alkaline igneous rocks
There you will find, in addition to one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, the Sambaqui Archaeological Site. This site is formed by an artificial mound made up of animal food, human skeletons, stone artifacts and shells, which show the existence of primitive Brazilian peoples for more than 7 thousand years.
It is not allowed to disembark with any type of plastic bag, bottle, food or any type of material that may pollute the beach.
And it is only allowed to use the water strip where it is bounded with buoys.
“This beach gained fame especially because it was classified by INPE (National Institute for Space Research) as one of the most perfect beaches in the country, following criteria of water purity, sand quality and landscape. To get there, you need to take one of the authorized tours and only 250 visitors can stay on the beach every 45 minutes. ” ( Source )
In this piece of paradise, some famous commercials have already been recorded, see one of them: Sorriso
We stayed on this beach for, more or less, 1 hour and after knowing the “perfect beach in Brazil” we went to our second destination : THE RENDER OF OUR LADY .
Right at the side of Farol beach was the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, a huge “crack” caused by the erosion process, that is, wear of the rock by the action of the sea and wind. Legend has it that this “crater” was formed by lightning and in the depths of the ocean the image of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios was found. And besides, it is said that the couple who kiss right in front of this place will never be separated! Legend or not we participated in the ritual, my husband and I!
Photos and more photos, we continue until we reach the third stop : PEDRA DO MACACO .
This other rock formation, as the name says, is: a monkey-shaped rock.
We then proceeded to what would be our fourth and fifth destination : the BLUECAVE and the METEORITE CRATERA , but as the sea was very rough we were unable to reach it. A pity, as I had seen some photos and these places are very beautiful. Anyway… we continue!
The Blue Grotto originated from the action of the waves on the rocky shore, combined with the existence of parallel fractures in the rocks and it faces the open sea.
We now headed towards the sixth and seventh stop : PRAIA DO PONTAL and GRUTA DO AMOR
Praia do Pontal is another incredible place! The color of the water is impressive and this is the beach we like most in Arraial do Cabo.
We got off at it and stayed there for about 1 hour. Delicious!
On this beach is located the Gruta do Amor. It is possible to reach this cave bordering the beach from the left corner. And to get there it is necessary that the tide is low and with few waves.
Photos, more photos and more photos! This beach deserves a lot!
We were given the option to stay on this beach, “abandon” the tour and return later by taxi boat (15 reais to Praia dos Anjos), however as we already knew the place of previous visits we decided to continue on the tour.
After that 1 hour, we return to the boat and continue to the eighth and last stop : PRAIA DO FORNO .
During some points of these routes we saw turtles! Beautiful to live!
Praia do Forno is one of the most famous and visited in Arraial do Cabo. It is possible to reach it through a small trail, or via taxi boat. But at that moment, we had a privileged view of her. From the boat you can see a different scenario. It was a show!
After this point, we returned to Praia dos Anjos and our tour was finished.
Tour stop points:
- Lighthouse Island
- Crevice of Our Lady of Remedies
- Monkey Stone
- Blue Grotto
- Meteorite Crater
- Pontal Beach
- Grotto of Love
- Oven Beach
Some important information from the Arraial VIP Turismo tour
The tours last around 3 hours, with water released during the entire trip and underwater photo of BRINDE (photos are available in the Facebook albumthe company’s ). There are 2 stops for swimming, Ilha do Farol where we stop for 1 hour and Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, about 20 to 30 min. During the trip it is possible to know some points as well, such as the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, Blue Cave, Love Cave, Meteorite Crater, Pedra do Macaco and the famous Praia do Forno.
NOTE: on the afternoon tour, disembarkation at Ilha do Farol is not guaranteed due to the new rules of the Navy. We stopped at the side of the island for bathing only. When we are unable to disembark there, we compensate with a longer stop time in Prainhas do Pontal.
The itinerary may change without notice.
Price: R $ 70.00 / person (children up to 7 years pay half – April / 2017)
Departure times: 8am and 12pm
Departure: Praia dos Anjos
Boat with capacity for 24 people, bathroom on board and life jackets. Comfort, quality and safety!
Bar service on board with sale of soft drinks and beer.
Arraial VIP Turismo does not sell on the street, they work only on the internet, which makes it possible to work with a more selected audience.
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For those who are backpackers, like us, I recommend the following route to arrive by public transport to the departure point of the boat tour:
If you are staying in Cabo Frio, just as we were, go to Rua Cajueiro, towards São Cristóvão / Arraial and take the B150 bus (Cabo Frio – Arraial do Cabo). The journey takes around 30 to 40 minutes, with no traffic. Inquire with the changer where Praia dos Anjos is and ask him to show you when you arrive. Ready! You go down on this beach and soon see the meeting point and payment of the boarding fee for the Fishermen’s Association, a simple window near some almond trees and chairs.
For more information on the lines and timetables visit the link .
The blog SOUL Viajero took this tour in partnership with the company Arraial VIP Turismo, and all opinions exposed in this post are real and based on the experiences lived by us during the tour.
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